University of Wisconsin–Parkside

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School Overview

The University of Wisconsin–Parkside, located in Somers, Wisconsin, is a public coeducational four-year university that is a member of the University of Wisconsin System. It is often referred to as UW–Parkside and locally as simply “Parkside”. UW–Parkside stands out from other University of Wisconsin Systems institutions in that it is one of only two universities not named after the city where it is located.

UW–Parkside offers undergraduate majors and graduate degree programs in various fields of study, including cultural studies, performing arts, biology, business, accounting, foreign languages, history, pre-law, liberal arts and psychology, among many others. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission North Central Association to award bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Currently UW–Parkside offers most of its degree programs on-campus. It does have offer a few online courses and programs.

In addition to an excellence academic offering, the University of Wisconsin–Parkside also offers a comprehensive athletics program. UW–Parkside athletic teams and student athletes compete in NCAA Division II sports as the “Rangers” and belong to the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Sports offered at UW–Parkside include soccer, track, basket ball, cross country, baseball, wrestling, golf, volleyball, rugby and football.

General Information

Admission Office

PO Box 2000

Kenosha, WI 53141-2000

(262) 595-2355

Fax: (262) 595-2008

Contact: Matthew Jensen

Director of Admissions
Main Address

Box 2000

Kenosha, WI 53141-2000

(262) 595-2345

Total undergrads: 5,045

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 928

Degree-seeking undergrads: 4,757

Graduate enrollment: 122


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $44

Online application fee: $44
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 79%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 63%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

French Studies B
German Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B
Music Pedagogy C

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B
Molecular Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Human Resources Management B
Management Information Systems B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Web/Multimedia Design C

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
German B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Preveterinary Medicine B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Mathematics/Computer Science B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General C
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

University of Wisconsin-Parkside Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (262) 595-2345
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 900 Wood Rd, Kenosha, WI 53144
Setting: Suburb: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 4,388
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 34%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 2,333 (53% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $7,421
Out-of-state Tuition: $15,691
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 81%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $5,353

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

University of Wisconsin-Parkside Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 121
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 541
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 31
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 311
Education 12
English Language and Literature/Letters 21
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 2
Health Professions and Related Programs 21
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 111
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 121
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 111
Philosophy and Religious Studies 11
Physical Sciences 13
Psychology 11
Social Sciences 34
Visual and Performing Arts 24
Grand total 271366

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of Wisconsin-Parkside and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $7,421
Out-of-state $15,691
Books and supplies $630

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $9,151
Out-of-state $18,745

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 488 81%
Grant or scholarship aid 361 60% $5,353
Student loan aid 328 54% $5,740

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 2,122 52% $5,951
Federal student loans 2,004 49% $6,280

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of Wisconsin-Parkside students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 2,256 974 1,282
Percent admitted 100% 63% 68%
Percent admitted who enrolled 29% 28% 30%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of Wisconsin-Parkside Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 4,388
Undergraduate enrollment 3,906
Graduate enrollment 482

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of Wisconsin-Parkside Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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